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Maniacal Double IPA - Port City Brewing

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Maniacal Double IPA
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Port City Brewing visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Kegatron on 04-23-2013)
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Photo of Kegatron
3.23/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap. Pours an orange-hued copper, with a thin head of bright-white foam. This retains well, leaving back some frothy lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma smells floral and piney, with a touch of medicinal character. Grapefruit is standing out, along with some sweeter notes of fruit and malt. The alcohol gives this a certain amount of heaviness in the nose. The taste has a zesty bitterness with resins mixed in. Softer notes of herbs, tropical fruit, bread and a touch of sweeter caramel malts help balance this. This ends dry, bitter and resinous on the finish. The feel is medium with a sharp creaminess that spreads out. The higher alcohol gives this a boozy edge. This was certainly drinkable “enough” for a bigger DIPA but the pronounced alcohol presence does hold this down with unnecessary booze and sweetness that I’m afraid wrecks the party a bit.

Kegatron, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at the brewery

Described by my surly bartender as "amazing." Well...hmm...
Looked fine anyway, slightly hazy orange-amber color with a small white head that faded to a wispy layer of bubbles; moderate lacing. There was a good amount of hoppiness in the aroma, with floral and citrusy qualities coming through, but it was largely dulled by the intrusive malty sweetness, with a slight medicinal/grain-alcohol twinge. Again in the taste, bitter hops up front, citrus, pine, floral notes, all soon overcome by sweet malty sugars, chewy bread, overripe melon, soapy phenols. "Messy," if I had to describe it with one word. Medium body, moderate carbonation. I supposed I'd try a sip of this again, but probably no more than that.

Rifugium, Nov 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

yourefragile, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev -2.4%

billab914, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of PEIhop
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

PEIhop, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev -2.4%

ShanePB, May 02, 2013
Photo of Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Rhettroactive, Apr 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Boone757, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of KevinGordon
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

KevinGordon, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of Pencible
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a cloudy dark cold with some white head.
S: It smelled like fresh mango with some grapefruit and papaya.
T: It tasted like sweet fresh mango and bitter grapefruit, with some honey and papaya. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with moderate carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was a fantastic double IPA. The scent and taste profile were my ideal. The body was solid, and the finish was smooth. It also had well hidden alcohol, so it was really easy to drink. Lovely brew.

Pencible, Oct 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

bigred89, Apr 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Gatordaddy, May 08, 2013
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

stereosforgeeks, May 01, 2013
Photo of IrishColonial
2.75/5  rDev -32.9%

IrishColonial, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of KevMo84
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

KevMo84, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Chaney, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of 2dogbrew
4/5  rDev -2.4%

2dogbrew, May 31, 2013
Photo of dar482
4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a hazy deep orange color.

The aroma has big orange peel and citrus.

The flavor follows with what I imagine is Citra or Amarillo hops. Lots of orange, pineapple, and grapefruit peel. There are peaches and a medium bready malt in the middle. The finish is again of citrus peel and a decent bitterness.

A really wonderful surprise. The alcohol is really hidden and this punches of fresh "new age" DIPA.

dar482, May 11, 2014
Photo of NJBeer265
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

NJBeer265, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of Drknight
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Drknight, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of Dave_Treat
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Dave_Treat, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of jacewg
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Golden color with some amber hues. Head falls quickly. Scattered lacing.

Nose: Some sweet caramelly malt notes that meld nicely with a big fruity, piney blast of Simcoe hops. Nice overall aroma, if a bit subdued.

Taste: As in the nose, the hops and malt blend really nicely together. That being said, this is a bit malty sweet for my preference in DIPAs. A little bit of tropical fruit with previously said Simcoe-y fruit and pine notes.

Mouthfeel: Booze is present but not really distracting. Mouthfeel is creamy while still being well carbonated. Long, juicy finish.

Overall: Really well-made (as all of Port City's beers are)double IPA that just leans a bit toward the malty side for my tastes. If you're a fan of maltier DIPAs with good hop flavor and aroma, definitely check this beer out.

jacewg, May 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

uturn, May 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

siege06nd, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of JKV96
4/5  rDev -2.4%

JKV96, Oct 10, 2014
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Maniacal Double IPA from Port City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.